UNITED STATES. Los Angeles: Actress Jennifer Lawrence is all geared up to play famous Hollywood talent agent Sue Mengers in a biopic. Paolo Sorrentino will be reportedly directing the biopic. The biopic has sparked a bidding war between OTT platforms Apple and Netflix. Apparently, the bidding has reached almost $95 million.
Lauren Schuker Blum, Rebecca Angelo, and John Logan have written the biopic’s script, the latter of whom previously turned Mengers’ colorful life into a stage play starring the great Bette Midler. Mengers died in 2011 at the age of 79. The talent agent has worked for ICM, MCA, and the famed William Morris Agency throughout her distinguished career.
Her clients included big Hollywood stars such as Cher, Barbra Streisand, Steve McQueen, Burt Reynolds, Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Michael Caine, Cybill Shepherd, Brian De Palma, Sidney Lumet, Mike Nichols, Peter Bogdanovich, Bob Fosse, Joan Collins, Ali McGraw, Anthony Perkins, Tatum O’Neal, Ryan O’Neal, Dyan Cannon, Tuesday Weld, Richard Benjamin, and Gore Vidal.
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Mengers was famous for helping her clients land some of the record-breaking projects in the ‘60s and early ‘70s. Her biopic is being produced by Erik Feig under his Picturestart banner alongside Lawrence and her producing partner Justine Polsky.
Lawrence was the world’s highest-paid actress in 2015 and 2016, with her films grossing over $6 billion worldwide to date. She appeared in Time’s 100 most influential people in the world list in 2013 and the Forbes Celebrity 100 list from 2013 to 2016.